Walton’s coronation march is one of the most easily recognisable pieces of regal music ever written. Phillip Littlemore’s contemporary arrangement of the shorter concert version retains the full pomp and splendour of the original, and brimming with colour and nobility.
William Walton composed his Crown Imperial for performance at the coronation of King Edward VIII, which was scheduled for the 12th May 1937. However, due to the dramatic abdication of Edward, it was in fact performed at the Coronation of the new monarch, King George VI, which took place on the same scheduled date. The march became popular immediately, and arrangements for piano solo, organ, small orchestra and military band were all published within a year. It has been used at all Royal events since, most notably at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. This brass band transcription is in keeping with the shorter, 6-minute concert version that Walton created immediately following the Coronation of George VI. However, the scoring is more in keeping with contemporary brass band voicings, corrects errors in the previous brass band transcription and provides a much more exciting version.